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Honduras Coup, Act IV, Day 5/updated

Posted by Charles II on September 25, 2009

Light posting if any.

Father Ismael Moreno, who runs Radio Progreso, has received death threats.

Wired and the Guardian have the skinny on the LRAD acoustic weapon.

Update2: The coupista press is completely delusional. The police deny there was a gas attack on the embassy even though there’s testimony from all sorts of people that they suddenly got sick with serious symptoms and then elevated levels of hydrogen cyanide are found. The statement from Susan Rice ordering the dictatorship to stop harassing the embassy mentioned and otherwise ignored. Several articles saying if they can just have elections, everything will be fine.

Radio Globo: Dona Leticia says the police are being so aggressive because they have been shown to be impotent.
Update: Al Giordano has confirmation of the use of LRAD and telephone jamming equipment used against the Brazilian embassy. As for the reports of chemical warfare, he states that “a medical doctor testified that two of the people staying inside the embassy displayed symptoms of bleeding from the nose or the stomach, and that a larger number of them displayed symptoms of nausea, throat and sinus irritation and related problems that can be caused by neuro-toxic gases used in chemical warfare that are also prohibited by international treaties.”

Patricia Rodas named the companies that she says supplied the poison gas used against the Brazilian embassy: Alfacom and Intercom, owned by Yehuda Leitner. I don’t find them immediately. While these may just be import/OEM companies, it is very bad that so many (unconfirmed) fingers are pointing toward Israel as the source of banned technology.

TeleSur filed a protest against the assault on its reporters at the Brazilian embassy.

Nell reminds us that Susan Rice didn’t have any trouble turning her back on a massacre before.

(Via RAJ), The Honduran regime is reportedly attempting to create “facts on the ground” by tossing some kind of chemical weapon into the Brazilian embassy. The reported symptoms (reported here as dizziness, stomach and throat pain, vomiting and bleeding; diarrhea and headaches have also been reported) could be tear gas, but sound different to me. I remember the attack on Radio Globo. That sounds like a dry run for this. The weapons in this case were thrown from a helicopter and, in addition, a water truck sprayed something into the embassy. Vos el Soberano says that a Professor Mauricio Castellanos did an analysis of residue and found ammonia (used as the base for pepper spray) and hydrogen cyanide. This sounds very incomplete to me.

Radio Globo: Government announcement- Medical people from Red Cross International and Honduras and Andres Pavon have been allowed to enter the Brazilian embassy. The government denies using anything dangerous. (argh: Radio Globo has a university professor doing grammar… “haya” not “haiga.”)

If you want to understand how ugly and sick the American media is, look at these two (one, two) pieces mocking Zelaya for saying that they are targeting him with toxic agents and high frequencies. These people are mentally morally ill.

Six thousand resistance people marched by the embassy. The American Association of Jurists, National Lawyers Guild and others have issued a report. From Jennifer Moore at Upside Down World (via Adrienne)

Mexico’s weathervane, Carlos Fuentes, has now declared that the coupistas have “lost their compass.” This is at least a 90 degree turn from his last stance, that neither Zelaya nor Micheletti were any good, and more like a 180.

It’s interesting to see how different people approach the question of the legality of the expulsion of Manuel Zelaya. RAJ write two (count ’em, two) blockbuster posts on the topic, burning the candle at both ends. The first of these reviews an analysis by Armando Sarmiento that appeared first at Quotha (and now here). The focus there is on separation of powers. On 5/7/03, the Supreme Court declared it illegal for the Congress to interpret the Constitution, which makes sense. That’s what courts are for. When a Congress wants to “interpret” a law, it legislates to amend or repeal the law. Since the Congress had previously renounced the power to impeach, that left no clear process by which a president might be removed from office. Nor did the Congress bother to clean up this legislative problem before proceeding to declare that Manuel Zelaya was no longer president. RAJ extended that analysis by pointing out that the session on June 28th was a “special session” and could not have been used to “interpret” the law. [One might add it was particularly extraordinary because certain congressmen weren’t allowed to attend]. And the agenda did not include constitutional “interpretation.” The second post decimates the recent CRS report by pointing out that it relies on one golpista. It also unearths a number of lies put out by the coupistas.
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